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Subversive Shalom

In Jeremiah 29, God calls the people in exile to engage fully in the work of shalom, committing themselves to extending wholeness and peace through mundane, attainable, risky, uncomfortable, transformative action. This invitation remains for us today. We are promised that, when we pursue God’s shalom on behalf of others, we will also experience it […]

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The scars of Jesus

Jesus’ carries around scars on his body, and that is good news. In John 20:19-31 Jesus invites the disciples to look at his scars; he tells Thomas to touch his marred hands and side. The invitation to see God’s scars is good news that calls us into a vulnerable life together and offers a glimpse […]

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Life Story

We hear today the story of the empty tomb, the story of Mary Magdalene, the angels, and Jesus in John 20:1-18. This is a story of life, in a millennia-long story of the God of life. Isaiah 25:6-9 shares some of this ancient dream with us. So the Resurrection story is one of remembering, and […]

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Hosanna

What position are your hands in? Clenched? Open? Somewhere in between? And what does that mean? On Palm Sunday, we hear the story of a procession into Jerusalem (Mark 11:1-11), a story of a King with open hands toward God. Jesus is an example of self-emptying, rather than self-interested, vision. Will we be inspired by […]

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Be new and belong

What if our failures don’t actually have the last word? In this sermon, Jonathan Bowman reflects on Jeremiah 31:31-34, a promise that indeed, in relationship with a merciful and intimate God, our failures are not final. In addition, we are invited to a covenant with God that involves purpose and belonging. This is a message […]

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